A total of 18,000 former and retired NFL athletes have experienced brain-related symptoms after playing the game. These same players have sued the league for all the internal damage (brain injuries, legal expenses, etc.) that the game of football had brought to them and their families. It was a messy lawsuit at the beginning, but all of those problems could now be laid to rest.
Today, the NFL and the ex-players have agreed on a settlement totaling $765 million dollars. These funds will be used to compensate for all of the victims’ head injuries and their families ($675MM), medical payments and exams ($75MM), as well as additional monies for future education/research ($10MM).
In terms of injuries, via NFL.com, the breakdown of settlements is based on the type of concussion and head damage.
Out of the 18,000 players that are eligible to receive money, a total of 4,500 former players are currently dealing with all of the below severe symptoms and would be paid more than others.
“Under the settlement, individual awards would be capped at $5 million for men with Alzheimer’s disease; $4 million for those diagnosed after their deaths with a brain condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy; and $3 million for players with dementia, said lead plaintiffs’ lawyer Christopher Seeger.”
While both sides have agreed to the terms of the settlement, it will still need to be approved by Judge Anita Brody. Once finalized, the agreement will cover all retired NFL players.
With the settlement, the league hopes to secure a safer lifestyle for retired players, acquire the trust of current athletes, and prevent horrific deaths that are often caused by head trauma while playing the sport of football.
It’s about time the NFL woke up and finally started taking responsibility for their league.
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